Sunset Rum Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:10%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Sunset Rum Fizz is a modern twist on the classic rum and soda, designed for those who appreciate a refreshing and slightly sweet cocktail. It's a favorite among beachgoers and those who long for a tropical escape. The cocktail's simplicity makes it a hit at casual gatherings and a go-to for bartenders who want to serve a vibrant drink without the fuss of complex mixology.

  • Origin: The exact origin is unclear, but it's a derivative of rum-based highballs.
  • Popularity: Gained traction in beach bars and tropical resorts.
  • Audience: Ideal for those who enjoy light, citrusy cocktails.

How Sunset Rum Fizz Tastes?

The Sunset Rum Fizz offers a delightful balance of sweetness from the orange soda and the robust flavors of rum. It's effervescent, fruity, and has a light caramel undertone from the rum, making it an easy-drinking cocktail with a tropical flair.

Interesting facts about Sunset Rum Fizz

  • The orange soda can be replaced with orange juice and a splash of soda water for a less sweet version.
  • This cocktail is often garnished with an orange slice or twist to enhance its citrus aroma.
  • Rum and orange is a classic combination found in various cocktails, including the famous 'Rum Screwdriver'.


  • White rum: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Orange soda: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Orange slice: 1 slice

White Rum

White Rum (1.5 oz): The backbone of our Sunset Rum Fizz, it provides a clean, slightly sweet base that mingles marvelously with the citrus notes. Too much rum, and you'll overpower the delicate balance, turning our sunset into a stormy night! Too little, and you'll miss the boat on flavor. No rum? Consider a light vodka for a less complex, but still enjoyable experience.

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Orange Soda

Orange Soda (4 oz): This fizzy delight is the sunset in our fizz, providing a golden hue and citrus zing. Its sweetness also plays well with the strength of the rum, creating a harmony on the palate. If you fizzle out on the soda, the name says it all; we'd lose our fizz, and our sunset might just fade away. A possible alternative? Try a sparkling blood-orange beverage for a more exotic twist!

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Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes: They're the unsung heroes that keep your Sunset Rum Fizz cool and refreshing. Skimp on the ice, and your drink might get warm and diluted. No ice? You might as well be drinking lukewarm orange juice with a splash of rum - not quite the beach vibe we're going for. Crushed ice can also be a fun twist here!

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Orange Slice

Orange Slice (1 slice): The garnish is the final touch that takes your cocktail from an average joe to a tropical pro. It's not just for looks - the fresh citrus scent enlivens the senses. Skip it, and while you’ll still have a decent drink, you'll miss out on that Instagram-worthy presentation and refreshing aroma.

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Recipe. How to make Sunset Rum Fizz Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the white rum over the ice.
  3. Top with orange soda.
  4. Gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a slice of orange on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use a chilled glass to keep the drink cooler for longer.
  • Adjust the ratio of rum to orange soda to suit your taste preference.
  • A high-quality rum will significantly improve the taste of the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


Pair this tangy and vibrant cocktail with light and fresh seafood dishes like grilled shrimp, ceviche, or a scallop salad. The acidity and sweetness from the orange soda complement the oceanic flavors without overpowering them.

Finger Foods

Serve Sunset Rum Fizz alongside finger foods such as mini quiches, spring rolls, or caprese skewers. Its bubbly nature makes it a great palate cleanser.


For dessert, consider pairing with something not too heavy. A lemon sorbet or vanilla panna cotta could balance perfectly with the cocktail's sweetness and fizz.


A cheese board featuring milder cheeses like mozzarella and brie would work wonderfully, allowing the drink's flavors to shine without a clash of tastes.

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What you could change in Sunset Rum Fizz

  • Rum: You can use a dark rum for a deeper flavor profile.
  • Orange Soda: For a less sweet cocktail, use fresh orange juice topped with soda water.
  • Garnish: A sprig of mint can add a refreshing twist.

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Berry Rum Fizz

Replace orange soda with a sparkling berry soda for a Berry Rum Fizz. This will add a different fruity sweetness and the color would turn into a lovely berry blush.


  • White Rum: 1.5 oz
  • Sparkling Berry Soda: 4 oz
  • Ice Cubes: As needed
  • Fresh berries for garnish


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the white rum over the ice.
  3. Top with sparkling berry soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh berries.

Spicy Sunset Fizz

Add a small slice of jalapeño to the cocktail to give it a Spicy Sunset Fizz twist. The heat will contrast with the sweetness and add an exciting kick. Remember, a little goes a long way!


  • White Rum: 1.5 oz
  • Orange Soda: 4 oz
  • Ice Cubes: As needed
  • Orange Slice: 1
  • Jalapeño Slice: 1 small


  1. Fill a glass with ice and a slice of jalapeño.
  2. Pour the white rum over the ice.
  3. Top with orange soda.
  4. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Tropical Rum Fizz

Swap the orange soda for coconut water and a splash of pineapple juice to make a Tropical Rum Fizz. This twist will transport you to tropical paradise with its creamy sweetness and tangy pineapple flavor.


  • White Rum: 1.5 oz
  • Coconut Water: 3 oz
  • Pineapple Juice: 1 oz
  • Ice Cubes: As needed
  • Pineapple Wedge: 1


  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the white rum over the ice.
  3. Add coconut water and pineapple juice.
  4. Stir gently.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sunset Rum Fizz

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Sunset Rum Fizz

What type of glass is best for serving a Sunset Rum Fizz?

A highball glass is traditionally used for serving a Sunset Rum Fizz to accommodate the volume of the drink and to showcase its vibrant color.

Can I make a Sunset Rum Fizz in advance for a party?

It's best to mix this cocktail just before serving to preserve the fizz and freshness. However, you can pre-measure the rum and prepare garnishes ahead of time.

What food pairs well with a Sunset Rum Fizz?

Light appetizers such as coconut shrimp, ceviche, or tropical fruit skewers complement the light and citrusy flavors of this cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Sunset Rum Fizz?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by using a non-alcoholic rum alternative or by simply omitting the rum and enjoying the orange soda with the garnish.

How do I properly store white rum?

White rum should be stored in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. No need to refrigerate, but make sure the bottle is tightly sealed to prevent oxidation.

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